As part of the Actoral festival
Songs Of Disconnection is a musical performance about the meaning of unintelligibility, or the paradoxical relationship between the artist who seeks to share and the audience confronted with the failure of their communication. The abstraction of the libretto and the songs, which Needcompany's Maarten Seghers describes as an "anarchic explosion", set up the conditions on stage for this tragic bond on which a being-together is founded, from the outset posited as paradoxical and absurd. Everything could be, yet nothing is.
Accompanied by Aya Suzuki (percussion), Simon Lenski (cello), George van Dam (violin) and Michael Schmid (flute), Seghers organizes the shift from music to sound, then from sound to matter, gradually freeing himself from the understanding or interpretation of musical writing to achieve a physicality full of contrasts, produced at the heart of a dialectic of rhythms and tonalities. The experiment thus tests the limits of the artist's commitment, whether to voice, music or interpretation.
ICTUS; the Flemish authorities
GMEM / Actoral
performer and composer
Maarten Seghers' artistic work is part of Needcompany's versatility. He makes objects and installations, creates his own productions, performs in the works of Jan Lauwers and Grace Ellen Barkey, and leaves a substantial mark on Needcompany's universe with his songs, sounds and compositions. Maarten Seghers' artistic practice is born of a desire to escape all forms of definition, to refute and contradict all forms of stigmatization. He understands the art of welcoming confusion and embracing chaos. He thus exposes the practice of art through apparent absurdity in his solo performance WHAT DO YOU MEAN AND OTHER PLEASANTRIES (2014). It earned him a nomination for the 2015 Jardin d'Europe Choreographer's Prize in Vienna. Entirely in the Needcompany style, Seghers also regularly involves other artists in his universe
Friche la Belle de Mai (the Module)41 Jobin Street
composition, libretto, direction
George van Dam